RG3, No. 19 Baylor finish November to remember
A November to remember for Robert Griffin III and No. 19
The Bears finished a perfect 4-0 month by finally getting a Big
12 win over Texas Tech, a record-setting 66-42 victory even though
Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback RG3 played only a half because
of an apparent concussion.
That came a week after Baylor (8-3, 5-3 Big 12) beat Oklahoma
for the first time, knocking the Sooners out of the national title
chase. There was also the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in team
history to win at Kansas, and a Homecoming victory over
”These last four weeks have been pretty magical,” coach Art
Before those four wins, the Bears were a combined 4-47 in Big 12
games played in November since the league began play in 1996. After
getting bowl eligible for the first time in the Big 12 era last
season, Baylor didn’t win a game after October.
”We just feed of what happened last year, and I can remember
that,” Griffin said. ”This year, we wanted to make sure we finish
the season. And we’re doing that right now. … You learn from
mistakes in life, and we’re definitely doing that.”
Even with Griffin sidelined after halftime Saturday night,
Baylor still scored at will against Texas Tech (5-7, 2-7) at
Being forced to watch the second half was a significant setback
for Griffin’s chances of winning the Heisman.
”I don’t play for awards, so it doesn’t matter,” said Griffin,
who threw a touchdown and ran for two scores against Tech. ”We won
the football game. I’m excited, I’ve got a smile on my face. …
We’ve won eight games this year, and we’re excited about
The last time Baylor had won eight games was 1991, when Grant
Teaff was still their coach.
Texas Tech, which had won 15 in a row over Baylor, finished with
its first losing record since 1992. The Red Raiders lost their last
five games after a 41-38 upset last month at Oklahoma that ended
the Sooners’ 39-game home winning streak.
Baylor still has two games left, the regular season finale at
home Saturday against Texas and then another bowl game. Griffin
said he will be ready to go against the Longhorns.
”There is no doubt,” Griffin said. ”I was fine when I came
out at halftime. But the doctors, it’s their call. … If it was up
to coach, I would have been in there. If it was up to me, I would
have been in there. But sometimes you’ve just got to play on the
Griffin took a hard shot to the helmet late in the first half
when he slid feet first at the end of an impressive scramble from
one side of the field to the other. He remained flat on his back
for a few moments before coming out of the game for one play. When
he came back in, he scored a 3-yard keeper to put the Bears up
When Griffin got a more thorough medical exam at halftime, team
doctors determined that he needed to sit out the rest of the
”He had a little trouble remembering what was going on,”
Briles said. ”We were going to be cautious because that’s the
right thing to do. Robert’s a tough guy. He wanted to go. … But
he didn’t need to go.”
Nick Florence, the junior who hadn’t thrown a pass all season
and was possibly going to be redshirted, threw touchdown passes of
46 yards to Kendall Wright and 40 yards to Terrance Williams before
Joe Williams returned an interception 90 yards. The three-point
halftime lead they had with Griffin was stretched to 52-28 late in
the third quarter.
Florence finished 9-of-12 passing for 151 yards.
The Bears went on to score their most points ever in a
conference game – in the Big 12 or in the Southwest Conference for
eight decades before that. They had 617 total yards, including
Terrance Ganaway’s 246 yards rushing on a school-record 42 carries
with two touchdowns. Wright has six catches for 125 yards and two
It was Baylor’s sixth 600-yard game this season, and the Bears
have already set a school record with 6,344 yards.
Griffin has 4,290 of those yards while accounting for 41
touchdowns (34 passing, seven rushing) with only five interceptions
in 347 attempts. Ganaway’s 14 rushing TDs and Wright’s 12 receiving
TDs are both single-season Baylor records.
”We’ve got great football players, we’ve got good people,”
said Briles, who is in his fourth season. ”It’s like I told them
(Friday) night, I’m not the smartest man in the room, I don’t want
to be. But I’m smart enough to recruit good football players and
hire good coaches. … We’re forming a team that’s formidable, and
we’re getting closer, but we’re not through.”